All you need to know about... Check Wikipedia!

Read the following article from Nature on the accuracy of Wikipedia: Internet encyclopaedias go head to head. Since the debate still looms, express your own perspective on Wikipedia and collaborative writing. Some questions to consider:

  • Do you trust the informatino you find on Wikipedia?
  • Do you continually use Wikipedia as a primary resource?
  • What do you think about the Wiki model for document editing?

Overall Thread Sentiment:

    Joe says:

    I personally love Wikipedia. Despite some of the errors that may be in certain articles, overall the website is a great venue to get some background information on a topic someone may not have knew about. If doing hard research on a topic, I don't recommend using the site as a primary source, however, Wikipedia can be a useful tool for preliminary research. Wikipedia provides a broad overview of a topic which is always useful, it is then one's responsibility to then look further into the details of that overview to provide solid facts. For instance, if I want to get a general background of a company's history, Wikipedia is great. On the other hand, if I'm writing a report on a historical event I would then look further into the information provided on Wikipedia to ensure the facts were in order.

    Sandra says:

    Hello Joe, I agree that using Wikipedia for a quick history lesson is exactly what it should be used for. Using it as a reliable source of information is definitely not worth the headache if the information could be wrong.All things considered, don't take Wikipedia seriously.